PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Kate”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. This week it’s Kate, a Times Square gal who loves stuff wrapped up in other stuff- as long as you hold the dipping sauce. (She’s also agreed to submit our first Friday happy hour post… and from the look of the photo, she is clearly qualified.)

Name: Kate


Cog in the wheel of a major media corporation

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Times Square. Eh.

Favorite Kind of Food:
I really love anything that’s wrapped up in another something and then cooked. So that means empanadas, dumplings, pierogies, and battered deep fried Oreos. I also enjoy a good curry.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Mayonnaise, mustard, ranch dressing, tahini sauce. Condiments in general I guess.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
The pizza place next to Dean and Deluca on W 46th btwn Bdway and 8th has a killer Grandma Slice. (I think it’s called Patzeria Perfect Pizza) I also frequent Green Symphony (43rd btwn Bdway and 8th) for their awesome buffet of warm stews and samosas. I also like Piece of Chicken (45th btw 8+9th) or Burger Joint (on 56th btw. 6+7th) if I’m feeling particularly greasy.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? As I am a very lone luncher, my book tends to absorb most of my lunch hour. I’m guilty of just picking up a yogurt or granola bar from Cranberry Deli (45th and 6th) more than a few times a week. I also love to go up to Empanada Mama (9th and 51st), though I know that’s considered out of bounds.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Ahhhh, the Sullivan St Bakery (on 47th btw. 10+11th), 99 Cent Pizza, and Madeliene ‘the crepe lady’ (on 49th btw. B’way+8th)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I would work in the East Village because if I could eat at Veselka everyday, my life might very well be a success after all.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where’s the Mac and cheese at yo?

So, as you may or may not know- occasionally profiled lunch’ers will send in two photos. And less often than not, both will be so good that I feel required to post a second photo of the lunch’er. That photo (oh yeah, and a mac and cheese rec) after the jump…

I don’t even know what to say to that… I’m sure the commenters will think of something.

Anyway- it’s been awhile since we had a mac and cheese discussion… and even longer since I’ve had some mac and cheese in Midtown.  My standby has always been the by the lb. buffet at Cafe Duke, but that can get dangerous.  Maybe it’s time to try some of the suggestions… got any new ones?

And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office email me at


  • cute girl

    don’t like the sweater. no offense.

    veselka kicks ass.

  • @Danny

    Nope. The mac and cheese made at all of the Whole Foods location are not made equal. It may be a bias, but I prefer my mac and cheese to be baked, not the stove top brand.

    The one on 14th st is the only one that makes it baked, it tastes really good. The stove top kind @the time warner center and the LES aren’t as good to me.

  • Now that’s fresh soft served “ice cream”.

  • What is the location of this happy hour?

  • MY place.

  • Haha!

    Yeah, Rudy’s bar: 627 9th Ave

  • Piece of chicken does have mac, I just had it last week. Mustard is one of the secret mac and cheese ingredients that makes a great one so great. If it were Andre in a flute, it would have been blasphemy. Plastic is quite apropos..

  • also slightly out of bounds for midtown lunch but eatery on 9th ave has a pretty decent mac&cheese.

  • every friday Dishes (54th and Park and other locations) offers an amazing mac & cheese by the lb. also a good fried chicken on Friday too.

  • My dearest “Kate” (though I pray that is a pseudonym):

    Friends do not let friends drink Andre. I shall leave it at that.

    I am an older, gentleman of gentility and fine breeding, if that interests you. I also have several PhD’s.

    In addition, if you have even the slightest hope of catching a man (please do not delude yourself that men of my quality are available to you, FYI) please rethink posting photos of yourself wearing the sweater your Aunt Edith knit for Christmas 1998. If catching a man isn’t “your thing” (as they say) then by all means carry on. Full steam ahead.

    I have a NEW My Space page that I am exceeding proud of. Please view it sometime.

    Also, Mr. McBagel and Ms. Mamacita (and unknown others like maybe “Wayne”) you must cease and desist trolling/googling about for me on other blogs and websites I frequent. Your folllow up comments to mine only make YOU look like the uneducated effluent you no doubt are.

  • I have had the mac and cheese at Say Cheese on 9th Ave btwn 45th & 46th and it was good. It’s been a while though.

    I love Veselka too. Cold borscht soup! Yum!

  • Shortly after viewing you picture, DocChuck dressed me in a shoulder length black wig and a knitted pattern sweater and….well, you know the rest. Well, most of the rest. He had used up the last of the vaseline a week ago and the pan of congealed and slightly moldy bacon grease from the stove in the interim when he was too lazy to go out and replenish his supplies, and so today he resorted to Vicks Vapo Rub. Yep, the man of many PhDs decided this was a smart move. If my mouth wasn’t permanently shaped in an “O” I’d be grinning ear to ear listening to his howls of agony. If such things interest you, of course.

  • Perhaps the lovely subject is posing next to the creature that died so that the sweater may have lived? (If such fabrics enthrall you..)

  • “Friends do not let friends drink Andre.”
    I finally agree with something from the Doc.

    ‘Smac is completely doable as a late lunch, the First Ave L stop is just two blocks up. And it’s so worth it.

  • I love everything about you!

  • I’ve heard of Donkey Shows… but a Hey Now Brown Cow Show?


    Is that the prequel to “2 girls 1 cup”?

  • I’m all for spreading the gospel of midtown mac and cheese, but perverse comments on someone’s profile who has yet to even post an article? Please make it stop.

  • Best mac and cheese in the city can be found @ The Wreck Room on Flushing ave in Brooklyn. Start with a really high quality mac n cheese then fry it into little mozzarella stick sized nuggets of amazingness that are served with an incredible tasty dippable marinara sauce. Crunchy yet flavorful yet incredibly mac n cheezy, so good, so good.

  • Maybe you’ll know, Kate..where can I find some good pierogies in or near midtown?? I’m dying to have some.

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